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Soleus Air LX-140 Portable Air Conditioner and Heater Customer Reviews

 

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Soleus Air LX-140 Portable Air Conditioner and Heater
 
3.6

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

68%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily portable (14)
  • Easy window installation (12)
  • Accurate temperature controls (11)
  • Cools the whole room (11)
  • Energy efficient (10)

Cons

  • Doesn't cool air (4)
  • Loud (3)

Best Uses

  • Any room (10)
  • Small room (8)
  • Bedroom (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (19), Budget shopper (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great So Far!

I've had my Soleus LX-140 for about a week now and it is working great! So far the outside temperature hasn't been over 90 degrees, but this thing is blowing out some really...Read complete review

I've had my Soleus LX-140 for about a week now and it is working great! So far the outside temperature hasn't been over 90 degrees, but this thing is blowing out some really cold air!!! My only gripe so far is with the shipping company not being able to find my correct address...but that doesn't have anything to do with Sylvane. Sylvane was very very quick in processing the shipment and the packaging was super sturdy to protect the unit. I had a tough time locating the instruction manual and remote (they were stuffed into one of the tubing pieces) but once I found them I was ready to go!

Installation didn't take more than 15 minutes into my sliding glass window which is 73 inches in height. I did end up purchasing some foam tape to tighten up the gaps between the door and the window kit. I haven't used the other options available (fan/dehumidifier/heat), but so far the cooling is fantastic! I have the unit in my living room which is about 600 sq feet and it connects to the kitchen and there are also two bedrooms located on the same floor. I turned the unit on Max fan speed and set the thermostat to the minimum of 61 degrees and I can immediately feel the difference in the living room.

After about 30 minutes, the circulation reached the kitchen and after about 1 hours time I noticed even the bedrooms cooled down just a bit. I would've been satisfied if this thing only cooled down the living room, but seeing how the benefit is extending to the rest of the home is very nice! I'm going to keep the unit running since it's supposed to heat up next week past the 90's since there were some reviews where people were saying their units were leaking puddles of water on their floor.

Overall, I'd recommend this product to anyone who needs A/C primarily in one or few rooms (that are connected) before they invest in central A/C. A little less than $500 versus a few thousand is a great savings...not to mention the utility bill difference every month too!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Died after 2 weeks

This unit died after only 2 weeks of use. The compressor would not turn on and kept getting an error code. I called the factory and they said it needed to be returned....Read complete review

This unit died after only 2 weeks of use. The compressor would not turn on and kept getting an error code. I called the factory and they said it needed to be returned. While running, i noticed that their is no humidistat so you can't really dehumidify. All it does is run the AC on low.Its a little misleading to claim it can run as a dehumidifier.
Returning it is not easy because the packaging is made to be destroyed during the unpacking process.

Reviewed by 34 customers

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for a beach cottage

By Arlene, Real Estate Agent, Landlord

from Del Mar, CA

About Me Quality Oriented, Value Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Cools the Whole Room
  • Easily Portable
  • Easy Window Installation
  • Energy Efficient
  • Excellent Size
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Any Room

    Comments about Soleus Air LX-140 Portable Air Conditioner and Heater:

    Needed to cool a furnished vacation rental by the beach. Since the house doesn't have a central HVAC option, my vacation guests could make use of the heater as well. AC cooled the main area perfectly and now the extra heating unit is excellent for one of the bedrooms. Easy to install, move and use. Perfect solution for my cozy coastal retreat.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Works as designed...

    By ITGuy

    from Chester, NY

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Portable
    • Energy Efficient
    • Even Air Distribution
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Not Quite As Powerful

    Best Uses

    • Small Room

    Comments about Soleus Air LX-140 Portable Air Conditioner and Heater:

    Do not expect this unit to cool down a large space... However, it is powerful enough to keep my small server room at an acceptable level...

     
    4.0

    it works

    By Chris

    from Michigan

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cooling

        Comments about Soleus Air LX-140 Portable Air Conditioner and Heater:

        Overview:
        I have used several portable A/C units in the past and this unit is a bit quieter and seems to produce more cold.
        Installation:
        Setup is of typical difficulty, as always with the portables you must make sure you get the hot air hose positioned so heat gets outside as effectively as possible. If you fail to do this your compressor will constantly turn off due to overheat, you will not get very good performance and the lifespan of the device will be dramatically reduced, if you have a floor drain nearby its a good idea to go ahead and run a hose to it from the drip pan otherwise you may need to empty it on occasion when there is high humidity.

        Pros:
        its quieter than most (although still loud obviously), had a nice remote with a lcd display that shows all the setting and information, its overall appearance is less of an eyesore than many portables

        Cons:
        Its will only output air ether straight or down, its impossible to point the vent up, you if you planned to say point it at a ceiling fan forget about it and its difficult to get it to vent out straight. For this reason I do not believe it would cool very well sitting on the floor as all your air would just go into the floor in front of the unit, it sitting on top of some type of elevated surface seems necessary for good circulation

        Outer thoughts:
        Window units are more efficient and less work than the portable types, the only benefit is the ability to lock your windows when you leave the house, being able to take it from room too room and not having our window blocked on cooler days.

        (12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It works, but your situation is critical

        By Richard

        from USA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Soleus Air LX-140 Portable Air Conditioner and Heater:

        It works, but you may have to work at it. My upstairs 16' x 14' room with a 5' x 4' direct direct sun exposure window and a large screen TV and a DVR that puts out a suprising amount of heat. It is the hottest room in the condo even with R30 attic insulation.

        I put solar screens on both sides of the window. The exhaust traveled under the solar screen and turned the window into a radiator and the exhaust tube was very hot and radiating into the room. It did not cool enough. I then put the A/C on top of an old tall dresser (immobilize the wheels, I used some 3" foam squares). I then vented up 36" directly through the ceiling into the attic after insulating the tube (it is cool to the touch). The way it cools now leads me to believe that I could have used a smaller unit, like 9,000 or 10,000 BTU. So it went from a unit that was useless to one that over produces just because of the installation, so think it through.

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Reliable

        By Bryan

        from USA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Soleus Air LX-140 Portable Air Conditioner and Heater:

        We bought this unit for our server room. We need a unit to handle the cooling, but be reliable. The memory function, when power is lost and comes back on, is a critical feature.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Weak cooling, occassional leaking

        By BinaryEcho

        from USA

        Comments about Soleus Air LX-140 Portable Air Conditioner and Heater:

        Hmm. Not very happy with this a/c. Doesn't cool as hoped. Have room with three computers and a server. The rooms can get as warm as 87F during the summer and this a/c can only get it back to 80F. Hardly any use. The worst part about it is that there is occasionally water below the unit. I can't say it's a good product. It's cheap but doesn't work for me.

        (18 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Soleus Air LX-140BL Portable Air Conditioner and Heater

        By Pamela L.

        from USA

        Comments about Soleus Air LX-140 Portable Air Conditioner and Heater:

        I bought his heater/air conditioner because I will be moving to a new home soon. I had an in wall heater/air conditioner which was 18,000btu that was working well, but it was running on 220v and it was very expensive to run. It had no thermostat in it so I would have to keep changing the temperature and shutting in on and off. I was a bit worried about this system keeping up to par with the other since it is 14,000btu and it is 120v.

        I set up this system through a window, of which was very easy to do, and I am using it for heating now. This system is fantastic! It has a built in thermostat and heats and cools super fast. I love the built in thermostat. I never have to bother much with the unit since I have it set. It does come with a remote though. My space area is about 1020sq ft. and it takes care of the whole house. I can move it about but there is no need to since it sets in the front room and it looks alot cleaner and prettier that my old air conditioner. This is a GREAT value and moneysaver on electrical. I would put my money on this over any other unit of comparison.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        so far so good - set up an issue

        By mike marino

        from USA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Soleus Air LX-140 Portable Air Conditioner and Heater:

        The portable a/c can cool the room we got it for. It's a little loud, but most single room units are i guess. The set up was a little challenging. We have it venting out a window and its probably better suited for a sliding glass door. The hoses are bulky and the vents can easily come out of the their slots. Also, the instructions say to remove it from the window when not in operation, which is too much hassle and results in the vents coming out of their slots (we leave it in the window). We've only had it about a month, so we'll see how it performs over time.

        (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Soleus Air LX-140BL

        By mary odenthal

        from USA

        Comments about Soleus Air LX-140 Portable Air Conditioner and Heater:

        does not work half as good as the last one.

        (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good So Far

        By Frank Maule

        from USA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Soleus Air LX-140 Portable Air Conditioner and Heater:

        Have been using this product for about 4 weeks and it does an excellent job. I am cooling an area more than the recommended size of 500 sq ft and it keeps the space very comfortable even though the average outside temperature has been 93+ degrees. No problems yet.

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